"Do you want to reach the heights of God? Take hold first the humility of God." ~St. Augustine
In Sunday’s Gospel we see Jesus warning the people about the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. The Pharisees were an influential group of Jews, mostly laymen and some priests, who strictly and scrupulously observed the Hebrew laws and traditions of purity rituals, Sabbath observance, food restrictions, and tithing while making a really good show of doing so. In this passage Jesus warns the people that the Pharisees, in seeking honor for themselves rather than God, made the practice of the faith a huge burden for the people whom they were supposed to be serving. In contrast Jesus calls us to true humility – by which we acknowledge our true selves before God, our Father, who created us. True humility is not demeaning to our sense of well-being but, instead, frees us from preoccupation with ourselves, allowing us to see ourselves the way God sees us and to become the person He created us to be. It directs our energy to something greater than ourselves, freeing us to love and serve others for their own sake, rather than our own. Along with St. Augustine, let us pray "Lord, let me walk along the path of sublimity with the feet of humility."
In addition to our regular Masses this weekend:

Saturday, Nov 4th at 9:30am - Annual Mass of Remembrance to honor the memory of all those who did not make it to full term during pregnancy, were stillborn or who died in early infancy or childhood. Following the Mass, the names of these children are brought to the monastery chapel of the Poor Clares on River Road where they will be lovingly remembered in prayer by the nuns during the month of November

Sunday, November 5th
  • 9:30am - Congratulations to Steve and Carole Foster whose marriage will be blessed at the 9:30am Mass on this, the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary!!
  • 5:30pm - Annual Mass of Bereavement at which we prayerfully honor the memories of all those whose funerals were held at St. Augustine this past year.
Coping with Loss During the Holidays - a facilitated adult support group for those suffering the loss of a loved one will be offered at the parish center, 35 Essex St., Wednesdays, November 8, 15, December 13, 20 from 11am-12:30pm. Contact Lucille Bonnano
Helping Out our Neighbors
Doing some fall cleaning? There are several clothing drives to benefit Lazarus House:
  • Coats for Kids and Adults - new or clean, gently used coats, hats, mittens can be dropped off at the parish center
  • Clothing drive Saturday, Nov 4th, 9am-12pm at Free Christian Church, 31 Elm St., Andover

Need to get rid of some used bikes? Those can be brought to South Church, 41 Central St, Saturday, Nov 4th 9am-1pm. They will be sent to Africa or Central America.
It's one of our favorite weekends! Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night.
For complete information about parish events please read our weekly bulletin
or visit our website at  www.staugustineparish.org

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